Greater East Side Print

The Greater East Side neighborhoods provide suburban comforts within minutes of downtown Saint Paul, the businesses along Phalen Corridor, 3M headquarters, and employment and retail opportunities in the neighboring city of Maplewood. Most homes were built after World War II, in rambler and Cape Cod styles—some are located on curving streets and others face the Hillcrest Country Club’s golf course. Many families live in the neighborhood and are close to several different schools and recreational facilities.

White Bear Avenue is the “Main Street” of the neighborhood –with churches, schools, small shops, shopping centers, homes, restaurants and bars, nursing homes, libraries, medical offices, community centers and other services.


Boundaries and Zip Code

North: Larpenteur Avenue (city boundary with Maplewood)
South: Minnehaha Avenue
East: McKnight Road (city boundary with Maplewood)
West: Johnson Parkway and the old Burlington Northern railroad berm

Zip codes: 55106, 55119


The following neighborhoods are part of the Greater East Side planning district (District 2):

  • Beaver Lake Heights
  • East Phalen
  • Frost Lake
  • Hayden Heights
  • Hazel Park
  • Hillcrest
  • Lincoln Park
  • Parkway/Greenbrier
  • Phalen Village
  • Prosperity Heights


The Greater East Side neighborhoods are much newer than most parts of Saint Paul; however, some homes were built with the arrival of the railroads in the area in the 1870s. The Hazel Park neighborhood was platted in 1885 by William Ames and a few of the historic homes remain (along Flandreau Street and Ames Place.)

Housing Styles and Types

The Greater East Side neighborhoods have varied housing styles and ages. The eastern-most neighborhoods have mostly post-World War II rambler and Cape Cod-style homes with well-tended yards, giving the neighborhood a distinctly suburban feel. More historic homes as well as apartment complexes can also be found in the neighborhoods.


Public Schools:

Charter Schools:

For more information on Saint Paul schools, visit Live MSP's Schools page.

Public Facilities

  • Beaver Lake—enjoy fishing, picnics, and more. 1118 Edgewater Blvd.
  • Sackett Playground--1642 Ames Avenue
  • East View Park and Recreation Center
  • Frost Lake Park and Recreation Center
  • Hayden Heights Recreation Center
  • Hazel Park Recreation Center
  • Hillcrest Knoll Park—located between Hoyt and Montana (North/South) and Kennard and Flandreau (West/East)
  • Furness Parkway—provides a tree-lined, park-like median and bike trails.
  • Phalen Regional Park—swimming, fishing, golf, walking/biking, picnics, fields and much more.
  • Hayden Heights Branch Library

Home Purchase/Home Improvement Incentives

For information about incentive programs that may be available in this neighborhood, visit Live MSP's Incentive Programs page.

Getting Involved

District 2 Community Council provides opportunities for residents to participate in a variety of ways to strengthen their neighborhood. District 2 also provides outreach to the Hmong community—with ESL classes, youth soccer leagues, and a Hmong New Year celebration. Call 651-774-2220 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information on how to get involved.

Northeast Neighborhoods Living at Home/Block Nurse Program—volunteers assist elderly residents allowing them to continue living in their own homes. To volunteer call, 651-808-1901 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Real Estate Listings

Search for listings. You can search for properties by either clicking on the map or entering the neighborhood name or zip code (noting that zip code boundaries span multiple neighborhoods) into the search bar.—Check here for listings of affordable homes sold by community developers. Note: not all neighborhoods have listings.


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